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Apr 9, 2014

NCL says its port of call project is going full steam

According to Vice President Murphy, Norwegian Cruise Line has been calling on port in Belize since 1998 and the Harvest Caye project will further reinforce its presence in Belize. With NEAC’s green light of the EIA, construction and other works will begin within the next three weeks.

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Colin Murphy, V.P. of Destination Development, NCL

Colin Murphy

“We are making an investment in Belize because we believe in Belize; we believe in the experience. Really what we are doing is locking ourselves into Belize. We are going to be around for a long time because we are investing here; we are putting our money where our mouth us and we are going to be making a fantastic destination. This is really going to showcase the country beautifully. The return on our investment is not the most important thing, but we’ve got to have sensible economics. It has to make sense for us. But what I really want is for everybody on our ships to be willing to pay an extra five bucks because we’ve built such a fantastic destination; that’s what we really want. We want people to say when we go on a cruise; let’s book this cruise because they are going to Harvest Caye. That’s the real return for us—not the nickel and diming selling t-shirts and whatever it is on the island. The real thing is building a world-class destination and making people really wanting to come and visit. Construction…So my understanding—I am not a technical person—but my understanding of the process is that we have to get a signed ECP; there is a requirement that we have which is called a rapid ecological assessment done at one of the sites which I think has been completed and then we have to get permits like everybody else does. So the ECP just allows us to start going through the process. We are ready to do that within weeks.”

 

According to Murphy, job recruitment process has already begun. On the island alone, NCL says that they intend to hire at least two hundred Belizeans, who will be trained in providing world-class hospitality.

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1 Response for “NCL says its port of call project is going full steam”

  1. Ali BaBarrow protects his 40 & the Nina says:

    Full steam ahead. Ali has been paid and will get a percentage from here on out.

    All thieves have been told to cooperate, or they will not get booty bonuses.

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